HELP! Macbook pro - refurbished buying tips

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by iangibson, Nov 3, 2008.

  1. iangibson macrumors newbie

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    Hey is it worth it to pay an extra $150.00 for 50gbs extra hard drive, .1ghz extra processor, and 512mb for video instead of 256?

    This is of course for a Macbook Pro, the previous generations model.
    These are the specs for the more expensive one:

    Part Number: FB134LL/A
    2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    2GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM - 2x1GB
    250GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
    SuperDrive 8X (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    MacBook Pro 15-inch Widescreen Display
    Backlit Keyboard (English) / User's Guide

    Cheeper specs:

    Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    15.4-inch glossy widescreen display
    2GB memory
    200GB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 256MB of GDDR3 memory
    Built-in iSight Camera
    (but not glossy screen)

    please someone give me an opinion!

    Ian
     
  2. Scepticalscribe Contributor

    Scepticalscribe

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    My general advice would be to buy the best machine you can afford to buy, but in truth, that will depend on your own computing needs (which you have not mentioned; what will you be using this computer for? What will you msinly do with it? Do you really need/want all of the extras, or simply think they might be useful?) Both machines are excellent computers - I have a MBP myself and I'm very happy with it, it's the best computer I have ever had.

    Cheers and good luck
     
  3. Scottsdale macrumors 601

    Scottsdale

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    For the extra video memory alone, I would pay that price.
     
  4. six.four macrumors 6502

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    I'm a cheapass, but I think the step up is worth the $150 for sure.
     
  5. jaicen macrumors newbie

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    the key difference with the 2.5 vs. the 2.4 is that you get 6Mb L2 cache vs. 3Mb
     
  6. natebookpro macrumors 6502a

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    Good call there. I would say thats worth the $150 just as much as those other things put together.
     

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